Spartan Assault now $9.99 for XBOX One and 360!

Halo Spartan Assault LogoIf you haven’t yet bought Spartan Assault, it’s just gone on sale (last night).

Barely three months after being made available on the One and not quite two months for the 360, Spartan Assault’s price has dropped by 33%!

Folk, it’s definitely worth it for $9.99. It’s a fun game and a new experience for Halo fans. It’s EASY to play, however getting those gold stars on each level (without micro-transactions) means a grind to level up stuff. Still, if you need/want a new Halo experience or a change from the FPS style, then give Spartan Assault a try!

You can purchase through your consoles or you can go HERE for the One and HERE for the 360.

Source Link from HaloWaypoint.



How to redeem the Spartan Assault 360 Special Offer.

Direct copy and paste from Waypoint below:


Fans that have purchased Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 prior to Dec. 15, 2013 are eligible to purchase the Xbox 360 version of the game at the discounted price of $4.99**. In order to take advantage of this special offer, DO NOT purchase the regular version INSTEAD follow the instructions below:

If you’ve bought Halo: Spartan Assault on Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 prior to Dec. 15, 2013, you can redeem the game from the same account you purchased the Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 version at the discounted offer (USD $4.99) through the Xbox 360 Dash on either the Home channel, the Games channel, or the Arcade channel.

Note: If you try to purchase the discounted Xbox 360 version on or if you navigate directly to the Halo: Spartan Assault Game Details Page, you’ll see the full price, not the discount. We are experiencing a delay in delivering the upgrade promotion to those who are eligible outside the US. We encourage you to check back here for details on how to redeem once the discount is available through the Trial, on Feb. 25.

Here’s more detailed instructions on how to get your discount:

Home channel:
Available on this channel from Jan. 31st – Feb. 2nd in US

  1. Turn on your Xbox 360 console and log in to the profile with which you bought Halo: Spartan Assault on Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8.
  2. Once you’re signed in to your profile, you will be automatically taken to the “Home” channel on the 360 Dash.
  3. To verify you’re on the Home channel, look above the tiles to see the list of available channels. “Home” should be highlighted. If you’re not on the “Home” channel, press LB or RB until you’re there.
  4. Look for a tile with the Halo: Spartan Assault key art on it.
  5. Click on that, and you will be taken to the purchase page for the game at the discounted price, and purchase as usual!

Games Channel:
Available on this channel from Feb. 3rd – Feb. 14th in US

If you do qualify for the offer and don’t see the it on the Home page, don’t panic! Go check the “Games” channel to see if the Halo: Spartan Assault slot is there. Here’s how:

  1. Turn on your Xbox 360 console and log in to the profile with which you bought Halo: Spartan Assault on Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8.
  2. Press LB or RB to navigate channels until “Games” is highlighted.
  3. Look for a tile on the Games channel that has the Halo: Spartan Assault key art.
  4. Click on this tile, and you will be taken to the purchase page for the game at the discounted price, and purchase as usual!

Games Arcade Channel:
Available on this channel from Jan. 31st – Feb. 28th

  1. Turn on your Xbox 360 console and log in to the profile with which you bought Halo: Spartan Assault on Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8.
  2. Press LB or RB to navigate channels until “Games” is highlighted.
  3. Click on the “Browse Games” tile, located on the left edge of the channel.
  4. Press LB or RB until you are on the “Arcade” channel.
  5. You should see a tile with Spartan Assault key art on it.
  6. Click on this tile, and you will be taken to the purchase page for the game at the discounted price, and purchase as usual!

For more information about Halo: Spartan Assault, visit the official Halo: Spartan Assault page.

**Discount offer requires original purchase of “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows 8 PCs and tablets, or Windows Phone 8 and login using a valid Xbox profile. Matching Xbox profile required for discount when purchasing “Halo: Spartan Assault” on Xbox One and Xbox 360.  

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Okay folks, I expect some of you who got it for Win8 to get it for the 360! I need people to game with me in this. Well, not that I NEED, rather I want people to game with me in this. I know it’s easy enough to play solo. I just have more fun when gaming with others.


Spartan Assault FINALLY confirmed for tomorrow…

As I detailed just a little over a WEEK ago, Waypoint has finally stated Spartan Assault’s official release date for the 360 as tomorrow (1.31.14). The following is a copy/paste of the article from Waypoint:

hsa_xbox360_660Tomorrow, Halo: Spartan Assault will be released for the Xbox 360 for $14.99 via digital download. Halo: Spartan Assault for the Xbox 360 features over 30 missions, the all-new online Co-op mode, and the Operation Hydra expansion pack.

Players that have purchased Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 prior to Dec. 15, 2013 may be eligible to purchase the Xbox 360 version of the game at the discounted price of $4.99.

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Now I keep wondering why they just couldn’t confirmed it before today…No big secret. Ah well, no matter now. I’m just glad I was able to bring you the news sooner and that it was correct.

I know what I’ll be playing tomorrow!!! (And I’ll be looking for co-op partners to game with in this.)


Spartan Assault release date! FINALLY!!!

Just checked (as I’ve bene doing several times a day for the past few weeks. FINALLY, Spartan Assault shows up for the 360!

Spartan Assault release dateYep, as we suspected, it’s coming Jan 31st. Now tell me WHY couldn’t 343 just say that? Gawd… Anyway, glad the date is confirmed. Now I have something to be excited for on a specific date.




Spartan Assault Beginner’s Tips

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The following is a direct copy/paste of Prima Game’s beginner’s tips:

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When you first begin Halo: Spartan Assault, you receive a pair of weapons – an assault rifle and a pistol. Over the course of the game, you’ll have access to your loadout, so you can switch to other weapons like the shotgun, Spartan Laser and others. You can also pick up weapons left over from Covenant aliens, such as a plasma pistol and rifle, just as you could in the classic Halo game.

When it comes to weapon management, remember that you don’t need to use your assault rifle right away. Your pistol is quite handy for taking down smaller Covenant soldiers, allowing you to conserve the ammunition in the rifle for bigger enemies. Use your shots sparingly, and be on the lookout for ammunition to refill in case you begin to run low. You can usually find it around the center of each stage, or near your Spartan base.

As for picking up Covenant weaponry, the Plasma Repeater and Needler are your best bets. They carry more ammunition than your typical pistol, and give off better firing capacity in general. Still, if you’re almost out of ammunition, beggers can’t be choosers. Pick up whatever you can find and stay in the fight.

As the game progresses, you’ll have the opportunity to hop into vehicles, such as the Ghost, Pelican or Wraith – which will definitely be familiar to fans of the series. It’s a must to hop into these and use them whenever you can. Not only do they provide better firepower than you’d find in your typical weaponry, but also superior durability. These things can take several hits before they blow up, and do massive damage against enemy vehicles that stand in your way. Watch your driving and lay down the firepower every chance you get.

Bigger “tank”-like vehicles have better firepower, but also move slower, so be prepared. Smaller ones don’t really hit as hard, but offer better maneuverability, letting you get around a level easier and run over small enemies. Choose accordingly based on your style of play, and go on your run.

In addition, keep an eye on your vehicle’s energy meter, which appears right above it. If it gets down to about two or three clicks, it’s almost done. You’ll want to jump out and make a run for it, even if there’s the possibility of being under fire from enemies. It sure beats being blown to bits.

When it comes to overcoming a turret, don’t waste your time trying to remove an enemy with a grenade or firepower. Instead, stay out of their sights and get close, then simply climb up and throw them out. This not only lets you conserve ammo, but also avoids taking unnecessary damage.

Once you’re in the turret, you can go to town on any targets within your firing range. While they’re limited compared to moving vehicles, they provide a temporary assault on any Covenant enemies rampaging into the area. If you see these, don’t hesitate to stop and use them.

Along with your assault rifle and pistol, you’ll have access to a few grenades. These are useful if you’re taking on a vehicle while on foot, or clearing out enemies that you can’t necessarily get to with your main weapons. You’ll be able to aim your trajectory by using the right analog stick and tapping the shoulder button. You’ve only got a few on hand (until you refill, that is), so use them wisely. Remember, don’t blow yourself up!

As with the original Halo games, you have an energy shield that recharges should you take any gunfire damage from enemies. If you find yourself running low on shield, run out of the area and get yourself to cover as soon as you can. Once your shield is gone, you’ll be vulnerable, and could be killed with the next incoming attack from enemies.

The shield only takes a few seconds to recharge, so be patient. While you’re recharging, try to make a dash for whatever ammunition refills are in the area. Conserve your time while you wait, particularly with base defense missions. It’ll pay off once you’re back to full strength.

Playing Defense
Finally, when it comes to defending a point on the map, such as a base or a convoy, keep an eye on your heads-up display to see where enemies pop up. Position yourself in a good spot where you can take out Covenant soldiers in a hurry, but don’t let what you’re protecting get overrun. Clean up the current area, then move back behind your allies, as that’s likely to be where your enemies will strike next. It’s a bit tougher on your own than with others in co-op mode, but if you’re quick enough, you’ll be able to clean house without losing one of your objectives. Keep at it.

Prima promises more advanced and co-op tips later this week. When they post them up, I’ll post them here for you.

Spartan Assault is now “Data Synced”!

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Rob Semsey, Senior PR Manager for the Halo (and Forza), let me in on some news for Spartan Assault gamers. Those of you that have it for Win 8 devices will have the added benefit of being able to continue your progress on the console version of the game, should you also purchase it for the XBOX One (not sure about the 360 yet).

Still, this is pretty good news. No need to game on the handheld devices now. Use your tv or computer screen for it.

Now if we can find out when Spartan Assault comes out for 360, I’ll be an even happier camper.


Spartan Assault for XBOX One available NOW!

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If you’re one of the lucky ones and got a ONE… You can now purchase Spartan Assault and play it. Remember, if you already had it for a Windows 8 device, your purchase price will be $4.99. Otherwise, it will cost $14.99.

Still no further word for XBOX 360 owners on the release date other than some time in January.


New Halo Avatar Items and Gamerpics available!


You can now have a Forerunner artifact (prop). As well if you want just the Spartan Palmer helmet or Spartan Davis helmet, those are both available as well!

The Forerunner artifact can be yours for $3.99. Go here to purchase!

Fancy Spartan Palmer’s helmet? It’s $1.99 for it. Go here to get it!

How about Davis’s noggin? Yours for $1.99. Go here to get the GOLD helmet!

Want some Spartan Assault gamerpics? Just 99 cents. Head on over here to get them.

Hmm, I’m contemplating the Forerunner artifact…

Spartan Assault this AND next month…

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It was announced on 343’s twitch stream today that Spartan Assault will be available for the XBOX One on Dec 24. For those curious about when for the 360, it was only stated, sometime in January.

As someone who will not be able to afford an XBOX One for at least 6 more months, this is disappointing. Yes, I’m glad it will come to the 360, but I’m disappointed that it’s not coming out at the same time as the One.

Marketing strategy or not, it would have been a nice gesture by 343 to release it for both console at the same time. Sigh….

I can only hope that someone out there who is getting this for the 360 will play co-op with me. Those of my friends who are getting this that I know of, are getting it for the One.


The right Halo at the right time.

This is a partial repost of an article on with Phil Spencer of Microsoft:


Last year, Xbox 360 owners got to play the first Halo not made by Bungie Studios, the well-received Halo 4 from Microsoft’s new 343 Studios. That wasn’t always the plan.

“A couple of years ago we had the discussion of: ‘Should we do Halo at launch and not do Halo 4 last year?’” Spencer recalled, “But I was committed to getting Halo 4 done last year, and there was no way we were going to turn around with 343 a full Halo game in a year. So that was the plan we set on. I feel good about that.”

The Xbox One will soon get a port of Halo: Spartan Assault, the top-down action game released earlier this year for Windows 8 and Surface tablets. But that’s not a big Halo game. It’s not the huge new Halo teased at E3.

“Unlike some franchises that manage through 1000 people, Halo is 343 and that team obviously has tight control,” Spencer said.

“They are our Halo team. A discussion around having a Halo game at launch – a true Halo at launch, meaning like a Halo 4 or 5-size game – would have been something we’d have had to start two or three years ago.

“We had the discussion, and we thought having Halo 4 come out when it came out from 343 and having them really land their first full version of Halo that they developed internally would be great for the 360 customers, great for 343 in shipping something.”

The Xbox One isn’t backwards compatible to the Xbox 360, but a game like Halo 4 seems like it could have life on the Xbox One. Spencer said that doing a port wasn’t something he wanted for launch.

“I want launch to be about new things that are taking full advantage of the hardware, especially as a first party. Any kind of strategy with the back catalogue was something I thought we would think about later.”

I wondered how hard it even is to do a port of an Xbox 360 game to Xbox One.

“It’s not difficult,” Spencer said, pointing out that Microsoft was developing some cross-platform expertise by making games like the new Zoo Tycoon and next year’s Max and the Cursed Brotherhood for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

“Whether that’s a port or just dual development, you get a sense of what it means to move games between the two platforms,” Spencer said.

“It’s not just ‘recompile,’ but obviously our controller is very similar, we know our codebase, we’re on a certain number of engines that we’re porting in different directions, so it’s definitely possible to do things like that.”

For the full article (that doesn’t contain any other Halo stuff, but more on XBOX One), go HERE.

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HFFL: So it sounds to me that Phil Spencer did NOT have faith in 343 to turn around a Halo game quick, meaning Halo 4 last year, then Halo 5 this year. So they are using Spartan Assault as a buffer between main games. Do note, that he specifically calls it Halo 5.

Also note that it is possible even “not difficult” to bring 360 games to the XBOX One.

Hmm, I’m still of the mind that Halo 4 should have been release THIS year to coincide with the launch of XBOX One. An extra year of development would have been great. A beta might have happened then as well as a lot of the features that were left out may have been put in.

Regardless, that didn’t happen, so we Halo fans will have to make do with Halo 4, then Spartan Assault, until the next major title comes out. I for one am really looking forward to playing Spartan Assault!


Spartan Assault NEW XBOX 360/One Achievements revealed!

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Text from HaloWaypoint:

Halo: Spartan Assault is coming to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 this December with a new online Co-op mode that brings the Flood into the fray. But with new content comes new achievements, and below you’ll find the achievement lists for Xbox One and Xbox 360. We’ve broken up the Gamerscore points for which achievements are new to Halo: Spartan Assault, which are exclusive to the Xbox One version, and the original Halo: Spartan Assault achievements from the Windows 8/Windows Phone version making their way over to the console versions.

For additional information including videos, screenshots and more, check out the official Halo: Spartan Assault page.

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And in case you need/want to know the old ones, here are those too.

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No word yet on the cost and when EXACTLY this will release, other than sometime this December.

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Spartan Assault XBOX One/360 trailer

Spartan Assault Trailer for XBOX One and 360.

Nothing really new here except Co-Op mode for the XBOX and a FLOOD mission.

The Flood mission breaks canon to all hell, but what the hey, glad to finally have the game to play on XBOX. So in this specific case, I’ll take the good with the not so canonical.